The Missouri National Guard is going to help flood victims in North Dakota.
Governor Jay Nixon (D-MO) has mobilized National Guard Soldiers and Airmen from units in Springfield and St. Joseph, to provide two C-130 aircraft with 14 Airmen and a helicopter maintenance team with 20 Citizen-Soldiers.
A press release from the Governor makes it clear Missouri is up to the task of helping out when it can:
"Missouri is always ready to help its fellow states when they need assistance in the face of natural disasters, just as they have helped us in the past."
The National Guard’s Airmen from the 139th Airlift Wing in St. Joseph and the Soldiers from the 1107th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group in Springfield head to North Dakota on Saturday. The helicopter maintenance team will report to Grand Forks and the C-130s are awaiting specific mission assignments.
The Missouri Guard members, who are mobilized under the Emergency Management Assistante Compact – an interstate mutual aid agreement – will remain in North Dakota until they are released by the Governor of that state.